Celebrating my first blogiversary with a travel giveaway!

It’s been a year filled with travels, writing and learning blogging basics. I’m not a journalist and I’m not a student of English language, I don’t know how to edit html code, I’ve never heard of SEO before I started this blog, I had no clue how wordpress works. But the important thing is that during the first year of The Journey Journal’s existence I’ve learnt a lot about all of those things…and, I’m still here, blogging.

Let’s recap

6 countries

If I don’t count Slovakia and Sweden, which I currently consider my home countries, I’ve travelled to six other countries.


Sweden and my expat life

Except for travelling abroad, I did a couple of trips within Sweden and I visited many new place in Stockholm. I experienced Swedish traditions and tried Swedish recipes.


27 favourite photographs

I shared my favourite photographs with you (almost) every Sunday in the Sunday Shot.

New friends

After one year, The Journey Journal has 3500+ fans on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. My biggest thanks go to my readers. In this busy world, I appreciate every second of your time!

And… what’s next?

I’m taking it easy for a while and I’m not planning any trips right now. I’m waiting what comes, because my trips seem to happen without too much effort on my side. Either I find an interesting course/conference, my supervisor asks me to go on an expedition to the Arctic or some friends move abroad and I, of course, have to go visit them.

So far the only trip that I’m planning for next year is a 110-km hike through Northern Sweden called Fjällräven Classic. It’s a very popular hike organized by just as popular Swedish outdoor brand Fjällräven. The trail follows Kungsleden, the King’s trail, a 440-km trail stretching accross Sweden. In Fjällräven Classic you carry your equipment, but receive food and fuel on six checkpoints, so that it doesn’t get too heavy. There were 2000 spots and now the registration is closed because all of them are booked.


In July, I will attend the TBEX Europe. TBEX, Travel Blog Exchange, is one of the most important conference for travel bloggers. Reading all the posts and updates from this year’s TBEX in Barcelona, I really felt sorry I couldn’t be there to experience it. As a miracle, in 2016 TBEX is coming to me and it will be taking place in Stockholm!

What is there for you to look forward to?

I will write about a couple of trips that I still didn’t have time to document. I haven’t finished writing about our New Zealand road trip and there are some amazing pictures I’m looking forward to showing you. I want to share my unique experiences from the Arctic expedition to Northern Greenland and Ellesmere Island, to places that only very few people ever visited. I will tell you about life on board of probably the best icebreaker in the world, Oden. I have some great stories and useful information from my short trips to Czech Republic, Austria or Finland.



I’m planning to give a bit more space to food. I want to introduce you to Slovak national cuisine, my discoveries about Swedish national cuisine and I also want to share my favourite recipes of some traditional dishes like Italian tiramisu and New York cheesecake.

Other topic that I want to write more about is science. No, don’t worry, I’m not going to convert to scientific papers, but I want to explain what being a biologist means, how my typical day looks like (you might be surprised that I actually spend most of the time in front of a computer) and what I’m studying.


Time for giveaways!

I’ve teamed up with GPSmyCity and we are bringing you 20 full-version City Walks Apps of your choice.


Each City Walk App includes a city map and several self-guided sightseeing tours. It’s a great source of inspiration, it saves time for trip planning and money for expensive guides. The app doesn’t require internet connection, so you don’t waste money for roaming. Note! Unfortunately, the promo codes for City Walk Apps are currently only available for iOS (iPhone, iPad) users.

You can find out more about GPSmyCity and their City Walk Apps here.

You will be able to choose a City Walk App of your choice from an incredible selection of cities, so wherever you are planning to travel, you have a good chance of finding what you need.


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The only mandatory requirement is to leave a comment and let me know what you like about The Journey Journal, what you would like to read about, what you are missing on the blog, what kind of information you find useful or just what are you travel plans for the next year. You can also get extra points for following The Journey Journal on Facebook and Twitter, and also for retweeting the info about the contest on Twitter.

20 City Walk Apps will go to participants who accumulate the most points and if there are people with the same amount of points, I will draw the winners randomly.


The giveaway will run from November 5 to November 30. After that, I will contact the winners who can choose a City Walk App and they will receive promo codes to download the app.




  • Reply Laura

    Love to see you travel to more off the beaten locales like Central Asia!

    November 6, 2015 at 22:42
    • Reply Patricia

      That’s a good point, I would love to see myself travel there too :) Usually my trips are predetermined by where my work takes me, but I would love to visit more of the “off-the-beaten-path” destinations

      November 6, 2015 at 23:01
  • Reply Michelle Strong

    Congrats on your journey! I start my adventure in 8 days in Australia! I’ll follow you!

    November 7, 2015 at 04:09
    • Reply Patricia

      Thank you, Michelle! I’ve checked out your blog, it looks lovely. I’m looking forward to following your trip in Australia!

      November 7, 2015 at 19:14
  • Reply Inger

    Congrats on the anniversary! I believe mine is coming up this month as well:)I am really looking forward to hearing more about your Arctic expedition – wow that sounds like an adventure!

    November 8, 2015 at 23:00
    • Reply Patricia

      Many thanks, Inger! There will definitely be more about my time in the Arctic. It was an unforgettable experience and I’m looking forward to sharing it.

      November 16, 2015 at 21:39
  • Reply Paul D

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! I am new to your blog, but have enjoyed the articles and the Sunday Shot. I always love great photos, so thank you for sharing yours! I hope you enjoy TBEX – I’ve just returned from TBEX Asia and thought it was fantastic. You definitely have a great event to look forward to. :)

    November 9, 2015 at 13:30
    • Reply Patricia

      Thanks, Paul. I’m happy that you found my blog and even more that you liked it :) Good to hear that you had a great time at TBEX, I hope that my first experience with TBEX Europe will be just as good.

      November 16, 2015 at 21:34
  • Reply Danielle

    Happy Blog-a-versary! What fun adventures you have shared! Here’s to many more :)

    November 10, 2015 at 19:20
    • Reply Patricia

      Thank you, Danielle! I believe there will many more adventures to write about :)

      November 16, 2015 at 21:33
  • Reply Kirstie

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! That hike in Sweden sounds amazing. Really looking forward to hearing more about it on here!

    November 18, 2015 at 22:51
    • Reply Patricia

      Thanks, Kirstie! I’m really looking forward to it, I hope it will be as amazing as I imagine it.

      November 29, 2015 at 19:10

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